Petite Fashion Challenge #2: Wear It Now, Wear It Later

30 Sep

The challenge:

In honor of the fast approaching cool, fall weather, what better way to get ready than to find ways to make your wardrobe do double duty. Pick at least one item in your closet (not jeans, that’s too easy!), and create two outfits, one for spring/summer, and one for fall/winter.

Oh boy. I get so excited about these challenges, but when push comes to shove, I err on the side of neutrals.

Most of my clothes do double duty already so I don’t have many strictly seasonal clothes, not that LA seasons are very dynamic. Still, I wanted to give it a try and show how my clothes can work for warmer and cooler weather.

For this challenge, I picked a cream-colored silk blouse.

I had to break my shopping ban to pick up this top from the Alexa Chung collection for Madewell. It was too pretty to pass up and I’ve been dreaming of a great silk blouse for the longest time. Even though this is a relatively easy staple item, I figured I would dress it up in a way that is a play on menswear.

Summer Outfit – Wear Now

Outfit Details: Alexa Chung for Madewell silk blouse – XS, Banana Republic shorts – 4, American Eagle belt, DIY necklace (friend’s gift), Steve Madden Tuxxedo oxford flats

The color of the blouse doesn’t exactly scream summer, but the billowy top is great for warmer days. Paired with some high-waisted shorts, it adds that vintage kick that I want.

I don’t usually wear short shorts unless it’s over 90 degrees like it is currently. Instead, I usually wear mom shorts…literally. It’s kind of crazy how ridiculous size inflation has become since these shorts from Banana Republic are size 4 and I can barely fit into the 00 now.

The oxford flats adds that menswear inspired element that makes the look very contemporary.

Autumn Outfit – Wear Later

Outfit Details: Alexa Chung for Madewell silk blouse – XS, Madewell skinny jeans – 24, Bitten by SJP vest – S, Free People watch pendant, Corso Como boots

As a transitional outfit into Fall, I switched out the shorts for pants and donned on my riding boots. For additional warmth, I added a corduroy vest for texture. Equestrian no?

Outfit Details: Alexa Chung for Madewell silk blouse – XS, Bitten by SJP vest – S, Banana Republic Martin plaid trousers – 0P, Zara faux suede blazer-XS,  Dolce & Gabbana pumps

In Autumn, layering is a common occurrence, so adding a blazer paired with the vest gives it a strong masculine edge. But the overall look is clearly feminine and it’s a great work outfit too.

Simple, easy, and stylish.

What do you think?

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21 Responses to “Petite Fashion Challenge #2: Wear It Now, Wear It Later”

  1. The Little Dust Princess September 30, 2010 at 9:20 PM #

    I just love the second outfit. I really like your hair by the way! I’ve never had it at that length in my life because I don’t have the guts. LOL

    xx The Little Dust Princess

    • Stylepint September 30, 2010 at 10:41 PM #

      Thanks! I’m growing it out a bit and it’s almost to the length of my second-shortest haircut. Plus, I’m enjoying the ease of maintaining it. =)

  2. PetiteXXS September 30, 2010 at 9:43 PM #

    I think the first autumn outfit is totally you! The last outfit is probably too many layers for LA weather (especially the way it’s been lately!) so I don’t know how often you actually get to wear that out 🙂

    • Stylepint September 30, 2010 at 10:36 PM #

      Thanks! The weather is quite ridiculous, but indoors, the AC tends to be freezing…so the blazer helps with that. =P

  3. Olyvia September 30, 2010 at 10:06 PM #

    Silk blouses always look so nice, but I’m terrible at maintaining them…too lazy and cheap to take to dry cleaners…and when i hand-wash they get all wrinkly ~sigh. But your outfits look very sophisticated..I like the faux suede blazer..fits nicely on you!

    • Stylepint September 30, 2010 at 10:39 PM #

      Silk is my weakness, but I don’t wear them enough to put a major dent in my dry cleaning bill. Steaming helps with the wrinkles and a light press for the extra tough ones.

  4. Michelle September 30, 2010 at 10:20 PM #

    What a gorgeous blouse! My favorite is autumn! 🙂

    A vest is on my “want” list! I am getting so many great ideas from this PFC!

    • Curls and Pearls October 1, 2010 at 5:55 AM #

      Oh I LOVE the first Fall outfit! All of them are great, you are correct, simple, easy and stylish!

  5. Elle October 1, 2010 at 6:12 AM #

    I love the last outfit that you posted, the vest, the jacket and the pink blouse peeking out from under (sigh). You did a great job with this challenge though I am not surprised since I have always thought your style incorporates a lot of pieces that transcend seasons.

    • Stylepint October 1, 2010 at 9:16 PM #

      Thanks! I try to make the best use of all my pieces so I can wear them more often! =)

  6. Banhannas October 1, 2010 at 7:07 AM #

    I adore the silk blouse, so dreamy and floaty! I am definitely loving the equestrian look and it is my favorite out of the three you styled it in. =0D Cute belt in your summer outfit!

  7. Em October 1, 2010 at 7:44 AM #

    Ooh, love the equestrian outfit. I’m a sucker for tall boots. And I love the vest too! I’ve always liked the look of vests but never bought one because they seem to be more accessories than clothing because they always need to be worn with something else. But judging from your outfit, it might be worth getting!

    And I hear you on vanity sizing. I have items in a simple size S from Express and BR from years ago and they fit me fine, whereas extremes such as 00 and XXSP are needed now. Sigh.

  8. Jess October 1, 2010 at 8:02 AM #

    OOh..I love the second and third outfits. Especially the second one. Your legs look really long and slim, and the layering is great. I love Madewell! Their scarves and v-neck tees are definitely wardrobe staples of mine.

  9. PetiteLittleGirl October 1, 2010 at 8:56 AM #

    Jess,
    I love all of your outfits. You have unique style when it comes to fashion. My favorite is the second outfit. The vest is an interesting piece to add to the outfit. I can’t believe you worn size 4 back then. It’s crazy, isn’t it? I can’t remember when was the last time I purchased stuff from BR.

    • Stylepint October 1, 2010 at 9:21 PM #

      Thank you. I’m still figuring out my “signature” style, but I think I’m on the right track. I used to really love BR and now, the feeling has waned a bit.

  10. PetiteGorgeous October 1, 2010 at 9:46 AM #

    I love all the outfits. I especially like the pairing of the silk blouse with the vest and boots!!! I so want a silk blouse and a vest.

  11. Cee October 1, 2010 at 1:47 PM #

    Love this silk blouse! It looks so luxurious. You definitely look like you stepped out of a Madewell catalog in your fall look =)

  12. Callandra October 1, 2010 at 2:19 PM #

    Lovely blouse and I really like all of the ways you styled it, very nice. The second outfit was very equestrian, love, love, love it. The last outfit was perfect for the office and all of your pieces fit you so well. Your hair looks great at this length by the way, so adorable!

  13. Vicky October 1, 2010 at 4:57 PM #

    Oh I love your blouse! I am not surprised why you had to break your shopping ban to pick it up. 🙂 I really love the first two outfits. I think the second one especially is my favorite, because that vest looks so you! Great inspiration!

  14. SewPetiteGal October 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM #

    My favorite is #3. The equestrian look is absolutely timeless, classic, and chic – love the look on you!

  15. Stylepint October 1, 2010 at 9:19 PM #

    @Banhannas @Em @Callandra @SewPetiteGal: I’m glad equestrian is in this season because I love how it looks!

    @Jess @Cee: Madewell is one of my fave places to shop. But the prices keep rising that I’m hoping that the sales more than make up for that! =)

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